Alfalfa as forage, bloat?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Ashley, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Ashley

    Ashley Active Member

    I know I have read that allowing goats to access fresh alfalfa can cause bloat. Is there a certain percentage you can mix with your seed and not have troubles? Or would the goats pick out the alfalfa and still have problems? I am planning to plant some forage for my goats next year in their pen and rotate so they don't kill it.
  2. Madfarmer

    Madfarmer New Member

    Bloat is more prevalent when animals are turned out in lush, actively growing Spring pasture. The most common prevention is to make sure they've had free-choice hay first. You can also mow pasture & let it cure a bit. Or limit grazing to shorter periods of time. Once Summer sets in and things are growing slower, it's less of a problem.